On This Day

What Happened on July 12, 1861

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Wild Bill Hickok reputed to have shot and killed David McCanles, possibly his first kill. Hickok later acquitted after found he acted in self defense.

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok

Famous Birthdays

  • Anton Arensky, Russian composer, born in Novgorod, Russia (d. 1906)
1861 Highlights

About July 12, 1861

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 160 years, 2 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Cancer